stARTup Houston at Hotel ICON, October 11-13

I am super excited to have been selected for the Startup Art Fair, next stop in Houston, Texas. What could be better than a stellar line up of artists in individually curated hotel rooms, surrounded by gourmet restaurants, happening night life and a killer art scene? I will be showing hot-off-the-press monotypes of chandeliers, beds and new paintings that will light up your change of season blues. All will be revealed in Houston, so book your tickets and get hopping to the Lone Star state for this inspiring art weekend. Can’t make it? Then follow me on Instagram @nancywillisart to see all the latest news. I am doubly excited to be bringing Conflict Zone to Startup Houston with a continued partnership with YAZDA….see below…

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Conflict Zone Travels to Houston


stArtup Houston
October 11-13, 2019
Opening Night: Friday October 11, 7–10pm
Hotel ICON // 220 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

Yazda, the global Yazidi organization that I have been partnering with for the Conflict Zone project will join me this year at stARTup Houston October 11-13, 2019. StARTup is an unconventional art fair driven by and for artists rather than galleries. Taking a pop-up residence in boutique hotels in San Francisco, Houston and Los Angeles, their aim is to directly connect art collectors to exceptional artists from across the country. As a nonprofit partner, Yazda will have a room to exhibit the collaborative monoprints created by Yazidis from Iraq who are living in Houston. Their mission to to secure a safe future for the Yazidi community after the ISIS led genocide. I am thrilled to be able to help get their message out through art. Join us at stARTup Houston at the Hotel ICON, ROOM 317 at 220 Main Street. Opening Night Celebration: Friday October 11, 7–10pm . Tickets available online.

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Savor the Moment: Paintings and Prints of Paris

Save the Date!
November 21 - December 14, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, Nov 23, 4-6pm
Chandra Cerrito / Art Advisors
Oakland, CA

The paintings and works on paper in Savor the Moment are inspired by the fleeting and enduring moments of Paris’ 6th Arrondissement. I began this painting series shortly after the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015. I wanted to close the distance that separated me from the daily lives and rituals that were traumatically impacted by the attacks and challenged my own sense of security about returning to Paris.

This series places the view in the center of the scene - or as a witness to the social exchanges in sidewalk cafes, parks and alleys. The buildings, windows and streets harbor, protect, and release the action. The weather, light and atmosphere activate the scenes.

The viewer may find fraught visual interpretations, but painting the verve and vitality of Paris life has renewed my sense of hope and a commitment to not succumb to fear.

There will be an Artist Talk on December 14 at 2pm

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The Evocative Moment in Nature Exhibition


The Evocative Moment in Nature 
paintings and monotypes
March 16th to March 29th
Sundance Art Gallery and Studios
Sundance, Utah

I loved being the visiting artist at the Sundance Resort in Utah in March. The Timpanganos Mountains and creeks there are inspiring in very season but it was lovely to feel the crisp air as I painted the snow covered terrain. Check out the new work on my Terrain page or join me at Sundance in November for a 4 day artist retreat.


Conflict Zone: Sinjar to St. Helena

Art exhibition & film screening popping up in St. Helena

Thanks to a Community Fund Grant from ACNV I was able to travel to Houston and work with a group of Yazidis from Northern Iraq to create a series of monotypes about their daily lives. In partnership with Nimbus Arts, Cameo Cinema and Yazda (a global Yazidi organization), I am bringing the artworks and a special documentary about Nadia Murad, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner to St. Helena, CA. 

Art Exhibition: January 10-20, 2019
Daily 12- 5  
exhibition by Nancy Willis and Yazidi artists
at Nimbus Arts, 649 Main St, St Helena, CA
closing reception Sunday January 20th from 3 to 5 pm

Benefit Film Screening for

Screening at 5:00pm; Q & A with Nancy Willis and Ann Trinca to follow
Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574

Dine at Cook Tavern after the screening and receive a complimentary glass of wine with entree. 

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Conflict Zone

 A Look Back to Memory 1999

 A Look Back to Memory 1999

Thank you ACNV Community Foundation for funding my Conflict Zone project. I am back from Houston where I collaborated with  a group of Yazidi women,  kids and men  who relocated from Iraq. In early March we came together at the University of Houston printmaking facilities where I asked the groups to create monotypes about their daily lives. I will be showing their work on Saturday and Sunday Aprill 21 and 22nd from 11 to 4 in my Napa studio. 1830 Soscol #D. I will also be giving a lecture "From Empathy to Art Action" on the project on Monday April 23rd at 7 pm. Reservations required so please email me or call 707.738.7173 $25 for the lecture includes wine and beverages. 

stARTup Art Fair LA / Jan. 26th-28th

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Start your year at the StARTup Art Fair/LA  and see how artists from CA and beyond transform the Kinney Hotel in Venice CA into a hip and happening exhibition space. Start in ROOM # 233 and check out my new work. and then head over to # 231 to see my sister Wendy's fantastic prints.
January 26th to 28th
Friday  2 to 10 PM
Saturday Noon to 9 PM
Sunday Noon to 7 PM
737 West Washington Blvd, Venice, CA
Your hotel experience will never be the same!